Lakers Gameday | 03/15/09 | Lakers 107, Mavericks 100


Lakers LogoLos Angeles Lakers
(53-13)
Western Conference Standing : 1
Streak: Won 3

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Dallas LogoDallas Mavericks
(40-27)
Western Conference Standing : 8
Streak: Lost 2

Injury Report Injury Report
  • Andrew Bynum (torn MCL, right knee) is out.
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    Team 1 2 3 4 F
    Dallas Mavericks 28 26 26 20 100
    Los Angeles Lakers 37 29 21 20 107
    • Josh Howard (sore left ankle) is out.
    • Devean George (right knee cartilage injury) is out.
    • Jerry Stackhouse (right plantar fasciitis) is out.

    POST-GAME NUMBERS

  • 53 - The Lakers continued their hot shooting from the 1st quarter and finished the game shooting 53% from the field, making 42 of their 80 attempts. The Mavs in the other hand put up 83 shots and only made 33 of them to shoot 40% from the field.
  • 26 - Trevor Ariza had a career high 26 points during today's victory over the Mavs, going three for five from beyond the arc. Ariza also contributed with three rebounds, two assists and three steals.
  • 15 - Jason Terry had big 3rd quarter going five of seven from three, scoring 15 of his 29 points in that quarter. Terry finished the day with 29 points, two rebounds and three assists.
  • 12 - Pau Gasol had a proficient game going 12 of 13 from the field for 25 points. His only miss was a turnaround fade-away shot at the start of the 3rd quarter.
  • 3 - Lakers with 25 points or more as the Lakers beat the Mavericks at home. Kobe Bryant (28), Pau Gasol (26), and Trevor Ariza (25).
    ---Francisco Gomez, Lakers.com
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    Points
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    28
    Rebounds
    Lamar Odom
    L. Odom
    14
    Assists
    Derek Fisher
    D. Fisher
    6
    Plus/Minus
    Kobe Bryant
    K. Bryant
    +22

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    Bryant, balanced Lakers beat Mavericks

    LOS ANGELES(AP) Kobe Bryant scored 28 points, Trevor Ariza had a career-high 26, and the Los Angeles Lakers squandered a big lead before taking control late in a 107-100 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

    Pau Gasol added 25 for the Lakers, who are battling Cleveland for the NBA's best record and are already the Pacific Division champs. They could meet the Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs.

    The Lakers had taken the lead in the first quarter and were ahead by 15 midway through the third before Dallas reserve Jason Terry led a 21-2 run that put the Mavericks in front 95-89 with 7:13 left in the game.

    That was while both teams had mostly reserves on the court. When Bryant and the other Lakers starters returned, Los Angeles soon went on a 12-0 spurt of its own.

    Bryant's 3-pointer with 6:51 left ended a string of nine consecutive misses by the Lakers from behind the arc, and he made another with 3:36 that ended the run with them up 101-95.

    Terry led Dallas 29 points off the bench, and Dirk Nowitzki added 20 on 6-of-20 shooting.

    Gasol finished 12-of-13 from the floor, making all 10 of his shots in the first half. Bryant was 11-of-20 for the game.

    Lamar Odom chipped in with 10 points and 14 rebounds. James Singleton had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Dallas.

    Terry took seven shots in the third, all 3-pointers, and was good on five of them. He finished 7-of-16 from 3-point range.

    Down by 15 midway through the third quarter, the Mavericks began their run on a pair of 3s by Terry. He added two more from beyond the arc after a pair of Los Angeles turnovers in the closing minute of the period to narrow the gap to 87-80.

    Bryant didn't score in the first quarter but had 11 points in the second to help Los Angeles open a 66-54 lead. Gasol had 20 points by the break for the Lakers, who shot 61 percent from the floor in the half while holding Dallas to 42 percent shooting.

    Nowitzki scored 15 in the half, but was just 4-of-13 from the floor.

    Gasol had the range in the first quarter, going 8-for-8 and scoring 16 points from under the basket and on outside jumpers. Bryant, on the other hand, was 0-for-4 in the first 12 minutes.

    Nowitzki had 10 first-quarter points.

    Notes: Bryant and Gasol have been especially productive against the Mavericks, with Bryant averaging 34.7 points in his last six games heading into Sunday's meeting. Gasol scored 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in Los Angeles' 106-99 win in Dallas on Nov. 11. ... The Lakers have been tough defensively on Nowitzki this season, holding him to an average of 16.5 points a game in their first two meetings. ... The Mavericks were coming off a 119-110 defeat at Golden State that ended their three-game win streak. Jason Kidd had his second triple-double of the season - 21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds - in the loss. The Lakers had ended a three-game trip with a 102-95 win at San Antonio.


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    LAKERS - MAVERICKS PREVIEW

    The Los Angeles Lakers are the Pacific Division champions. That's clearly not the title they've had their eye on.

    Two days after clinching a playoff spot, the Lakers continue their quest for the NBA's best record Sunday afternoon as they face a potential first-round opponent when the Dallas Mavericks visit Staples Center.

    While Los Angeles (52-13) has a big lead atop the Western Conference, Dallas (40-26) is in eighth place but is closer to the second spot than ninth.

    The Mavericks have only won three road games against the Lakers in the past 18 seasons and are facing a Los Angeles team which is a conference-best 29-4 at home, including six straight wins.

    The Lakers are coming off a road win over the second-best team in the West, closing a a three-game road trip with a 102-95 victory in San Antonio on Tuesday. The victory clinched a playoff berth and the division title, but the Lakers have more lofty goals.

    "Oh yeah," Kobe Bryant joked, "we're really big on Pacific Division titles."

    Bryant, a three-time NBA champion, and the Lakers are tied with Cleveland for the best record in the league entering a game against a Dallas team it has dominated. The Lakers have won five straight in the series, including two this season, and 32 of the past 35 matchups in Los Angeles.

    In the teams' last meeting, Bryant scored 35 points in a 114-107 home win on Nov. 28. He's averaged 34.7 points in his last six games versus the Mavericks.

    Pau Gasol will try for back-to-back double-doubles Sunday after scoring 23 points and grabbing 11 rebounds against the Spurs. Gasol had 22 points and a team-high 11 boards in the teams' first matchup this season - a 106-99 win in Dallas on Nov. 11.

    Against San Antonio, Lamar Odom had his best performance of the Lakers' 2-1 trip with 12 points and 10 boards, his ninth double-double of the season. The veteran forward was suspended for Wednesday's 102-96 win at Houston after leaving the bench during an on-court altercation in Monday's 111-94 loss to Portland.

    "(Thursday's win) salvaged a road trip," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said.

    Dallas, meanwhile, looks to close its four-game road trip by bouncing back from a disappointing loss.

    The Mavericks had their three-game winning streak snapped Friday, falling 119-110 to a Golden State team which entered the matchup 20 games under .500. Dallas could have pulled even with Denver for seventh place in the West but allowed a season-high 59 rebounds and 28 second-chance points.

    "The Warriors outworked us, they outhustled us, they got all the loose balls, all the rebounds," said Jason Terry, averaging 25.0 points against the Lakers this season. "When you are scrapping for your playoff lives, you cannot come out and put up a performance like that. We are disappointed, but we have one more game on this trip, and we need to find a way to get a win."

    Jason Kidd notched his 102nd career triple-double, and second this season, with 21 points, 11 assists and 10 boards. He has four career triple-doubles versus the Lakers, including one in the Nov. 11 loss.

    Dirk Nowitzki is averaging 31.0 points in his last four games, but has been held to an average of 16.5 in two meetings with Los Angeles this season.

    Including playoffs, the Lakers have a 60-10 all-time home record against Dallas.


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    GAME NOTES
    NOTES & CONNECTIONS

    The Lakers lead the season series with the Mavericks 2-0 after winning last season’s series 3-1. The Lakers last lost a season series to Dallas in 2006-07 (1-3), their first series loss to the Mavericks since the 1986-87 season and only the third time ever (1983-84). This will be the 121st overall meeting between the two franchises with the Lakers holding a 92-28 series advantage. In their most recent meeting, the Lakers defeated the Mavericks 114-107, extending their win streak against the Mavericks to five straight. The Lakers, however, are 6-4 against the Mavericks in their last 10 overall games. The Lakers are 15-3 all-time against the Mavericks at STAPLES Center and 7-3 in their last 10 home games overall. In Dallas, the Lakers have gone 4-6 over their last 10 games but have won two straight at American Airlines Center. Under head coach Phil Jackson, the Lakers are 23-10 against the Mavericks. In their first meeting of the season, Jason Kidd posted his 101st career triple-double and his fourth against the Lakers. In December of 2005, Kobe Bryant established a new series record with 62 points against the Mavericks in a 112-90 victory at STAPLES Center. In that contest, Bryant single-handedly outscored the Mavericks 62-61 through three quarters. Last season, Bryant again went over the 50-point mark against the Mavericks, scoring 52 points in the Lakers 108-104 overtime victory March 2 at STAPLES Center. In 42 games (36 starts), Bryant is averaging 25.5 points for his career against Dallas. The Mavericks’ Devean George played his first seven seasons with the Lakers, winning three championships with the team in 2000, 2001 and 2002. In 429 games, George averaged 6.0 points and 3.3 rebounds in 18.9 minutes and ranks among the franchise leaders in 3-point FG% (10th/.340) and 3-pt FG made (9th/282).

    LAKERS SCOUTING REPORT

    “Beware the Ides of March…” It was a very bad day for Julius Caesar hopefully it will be a good day for the Lakers. The Dallas Mavericks enter this daytime event five games above the ninth place Phoenix Suns (in the loss column) but only two games (in the loss column) behind 3rd seeded Houston. Needless to say the Mavs will be a motivated bunch Sunday afternoon. We must be ready to apply the same kind of defensive intensity to battle the Mavs.

    Offensively, we know Jason Kidd and JJ Barea will look to push the ball whenever possible. Kidd is especially dangerous when he gets the defensive rebound and leads the break. His teammates know he will throw it ahead so they run hard. We must get back and stop the ball and then find their shooters. Nowitzki does a great job of trailing the primary break and stepping right into a three point shot. Dallas has a limited low post game so we expect to see a high volume of screen and rolls and two man games featuring Nowitzki and Terry. Terry comes off the bench but plays starter minutes. He is in the game to provide offense. In critical situations Dallas has gone back to the old standby that helped them get to the NBA finals a few years ago. They have a call of “EAR” that can either be called on its own or added to another play set which is the isolation for Nowitzki at the free throw line. Dirk with his size and shooting ability loves to operate in the middle of the floor from the free throw line area. Barea, Bass, and Dampier have had big games against us in the past so we must be cognizant of them and minimize their contributions. The final piece of the puzzle is to keep Dampier, Bass, Singleton, and Howard (if he plays) off the offensive boards.


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    LAKERS CLINCH 20th PACIFIC DIVISION TITLE
    With their March 12 victory over San Antonio, the Lakers clinched the Pacific Division title and no worse than a #4 playoff seed in the Western Conference. In meeting their magic number, the Lakers marked their 56th postseason appearance in 61 NBA seasons, their 20th Pacific Division title in their 39th season in the division and their 28th playoff berth in 30 seasons since Dr. Jerry Buss purchased the team prior to the 1979-80 season. Additionally, the Lakers are now 8 games ahead of San Antonio in the loss column with 17 games remaining in the regular season as they move towards securing the #1 seed in the West. Since the NBA went to the Conference format prior to the 1970-71 season, the Lakers have held the #1 seed 14 times (1972, 1977, 1980, 1982-90, 2000, 2008), winning the West 11 times and the NBA Championship on seven occasions. The Lakers have owned the #1 seed 9 times since the current format featuring 16 teams was instituted prior to the 1984 NBA Playoffs.

    50 WIN SEASONS
    With their victory over Minnesota March 6, the Lakers reached the 50-win mark for the 30th time in franchise history (29th time since moving to Los Angeles prior to the 1960-61 season and the 27th time since the NBA adopted an 82-game schedule prior to the 1967-68 campaign). Since Dr. Jerry Buss took over the team prior to the 1979- 80 season, the Lakers have posted 21 50+ win seasons including six this decade. It is Phil Jackson’s 15th 50-win season in 18 seasons as an NBA head coach.

    THE COOLER
    With their victory March 12 in San Antonio, the Lakers handed the Spurs their first home loss to a Western Conference team since November 19, snapping a 13-game streak. One day prior on March 11 in Houston, the Lakers snapped the Rockets’ 12-game home win streak with a 102-96 victory at Toyota Center. Earlier in the season, with their victory February 8 in Cleveland, the Lakers broke the Cavaliers’ 23-game home win streak with a 101-91 victory at Quicken Loans Arena, making the Lakers the FIRST team in NBA history to win back-to-back games, both on the road, against teams with an .800-plus win percentage at least 40 games into the season. Three days earlier on February 5 at Boston, the Lakers snapped the Celtic’s 12-game winning streak. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Los Angeles, which ended Boston's 19- game winning streak on Christmas Day, becomes the fifth team in NBA history to snap two winning streaks of at least 12 games in the same season. The Lakers, however, are the first of those five teams to do so with two wins against the same opponent.

    BRYANT PASSES ROBERT PARISH FOR 18th ON ALL-TIME SCORING LIST
    With 23 points March 6 vs. Minnesota, Kobe Bryant surpassed Robert Parish (23,334) for 18th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. While Parish reached his scoring total in 1,611 games over 21 seasons, Bryant (23,440) passed Parish in only his 928th career game. Just last month, Bryant surpassed Adrian Dantley (23,177) for 19th on the alltime list February 24 at Oklahoma City and Elgin Baylor (23,149) for 20th on the all-time list February 22 at Minnesota. Additionally, in passing Baylor, now only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (24,176) and Jerry West (25,192 points) have scored more points with the Lakers than Bryant. Next on the NBA’s all-time list are Charles Barkley (23,757) and Allen Iverson (23,960). Bryant, currently in his 13th NBA season, passed Dantley (955 career games) in his 923rd career game while reaching Baylor’s mark in his 922nd game; Baylor reached 23,149 points in just 846 games. Earlier this season on December 16 vs. New York, Bryant moved past Clyde Drexler (22,195) for 21st on the all-time list while moving past both Larry Bird and Gary Payton on November 14 versus Detroit. Bryant passed Drexler (1,086 games) in his 890th career game while passing Bird (897 games) and Payton (1,335 games) in his 874th career game.